Lemon-Pineapple Jell-O Salad

Jell-O, once the favorite congealed dessert of Americans has fallen from grace despite all its savory applications. Yet, few foods can tell us more about life in 20th-century American living than the wobbling jewel of domestic achievement: the Jell-O salad. Some gourmet experts would prefer that it be permanently assigned to the Gallery of Regrettable…

EASY DAN DAN NOODLES

Through the years in our product development work we have seen many different trends come and go, but one trend that has remained popular for some time are Asian sauces. You are already familiar with our Asian-inspired product lines, Dr. Foo’s Kitchen and the newer Stick & Tine that you will find in the HEB…

Ladybird’s Wheaties Cookies

Breakfast was our first sit-down meal of the day for my family. I am not sure it still commands such attention today in most people’s busy lives. I would venture that many kids are now sent off to school with none, or something that can be eaten on the run or picked up at the…

Pineapple Lamb Burgers

I wonder how many families still prepare lamb for dinner. We did not have it often, although my dad had kept a flock of sheep (about 150) on our ranch. When I was little, he decided to give the cattle to his daughters and the sheep to me and my brother, Jarvis. We assumed the…

Mango Habanero Fried Rice

Mango fried rice is not common in these parts of the US, but in Hawaii this dish is just as popular as Aloha! Mango caramelizes on the stove just as well as onions, peppers, and other vegetables. This dish goes great with extra mangoes and leftover cooked rice. The ingredients are short, and it takes…

Bacon Chipotle Roasted Potatoes

To make the perfect crispy potato means choosing the right potato. Although it’s very common and easy to find, russet potatoes are too dry and chalky for a good crispy potato. Russet potatoes are great for potato wedges, mashed potatoes, or even French fries. But these potatoes are a bit larger and thicker, so we…

Chow Chow (relish)

I cannot recall how many times chow-chow was served growing up, but it was always one thing over which my mother raved. I was not particularly fond of it, but I now suspect that was because I was a finicky eater. Fortunately, we were never forced to eat something we did not like. My oldest…

Spicy Mustard Fish Tacos

I can never speak of tacos without thinking of my good friend Rusty Fenton. He was a very important part of my life, in fact, he helped me create the Original Roasted Raspberry Chipotle Sauce. However, this isn’t a story about that – it’s about Tacos. Rusty spent most of his life in pursuit of…

Peach Ice Cream

The first official account of ice cream in the American colonies was noted in a letter in 1744. The first advertisement for ice cream appeared in the New York Gazette in 1777. George Washington spent $200 for ice cream during the summer of 1790. (That is more than $7,000 in today’s dollars!) Also, that must have been…

Watergate Salad

I thought that perhaps for the summer months this salad might be something of interest. That my Mom actually hand copied it to keep in her cookbook was, perhaps, even more remarkable. If you do not recognize the name Watergate, you are very young. It is hard to believe that it has been forty years…

Fried Peach Pie

While it is still peach season, I have been trying to share several good recipes using peaches since we all have such a great crop this year. One that popped into my memory was a Fried Peach Pie. Pie is a word whose meaning has evolved over many centuries, and which has varied to some…

Ice Cold Lemonade

We sometimes forget some of the simpler things that once brought a refreshing pause. A cold pitcher of lemonade could do that. My dad, who spent practically every evening playing cards before the arrival of television, would make himself a pitcher of lemonade, especially during the long, hot summers of the ‘50s. We had no…